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Douglas Hill is the first hill and bedrock outcrop in Halifax Bay south of Hinchinbrook Island. The 50 m high hill forms the southern boundary to Balgal Beach and around its 1 km base are two small beaches, while on its south side the small settlement of Toomulla is located between the hill and the wandering mouth of Saltwater Creek. Toomulla lies just 2 km from the highway, with vehicle tracks also leading to the hill and the southern end of Balgal Beach. Douglas Hill Beach (841) lies on the north side of the hill and consists of 200 m of sand that is continuous at low tide, but divided into three small pockets at high tide, all backed by the steep slopes of the hill. At low tide, sand waves extend 200 to 300 m off the beach. There is an access road to the very southern end of the beach and a small parking area.
Beach Length: 0.2km
General Hazard Rating: 1/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


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